The Samagi Jana Balawegaya requests the President to immediately revoke the order imposing emergency regulations on essential commodities at a time that control prices have been removed.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Parliamentarian Harsha de Silva said continuing emergency regulations that were imposed to protect consumers, could bring the country into disrepute even before the international community.
He said all gazettes pertaining to control prices have been removed including rice, gas, paddy, sugar, wheat flour and milk powder and called for the essential regulations gazette to be promptly abolished, adding it was merely introduced to protect the gazettes issued on control prices of essential commodities.
MP de Silva said this can be considered a violation of human rights adding that this was an attempt to silence the public.
Silva also emphasized that the solution to controlling the rising rice prices is not the import of rice.
He said the only solution to controlling rice prices is to create a competitive market.
He claimed that government officials themselves have stated that four million metric tonnes of rice is produced in the country which is more than sufficient to meet the country’s rice demand.
The Parliamentarian therefore questioned the purpose behind importing rice from Myanmar and India.
He claimed that if a competitive market is created, small scale rice mill owners can compete with large scale rice mill owners without hesitation adding that paddy too will be purchased.
The Parliamentarian charged that this is a mere attempt by the government to fulfil its objectives through large scale rice mill owners.